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Titegroup for Short Barreled 9mm

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DR.J, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. DR.J


    Feb 23, 2009
    Good Morning,
    I recently purchased an S&W Shield in 9mm and want to begin loading for it. I use Titegroup to load trap loads and am wondering if it is suitable for use in the Shield, i.e., does it have a fast enough burn rate. I will be using WW primers and 124 grain cast bullets. Will Titegroup work or are there are other powders better suited for use in short barrel 9s? Thanks
  2. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    It will work... has plenty fast burn being with. In fact some would say too fast. I would start at 3.8 and work up with your cast bullets. I run TG with 124 FMJ's and my loads runs all my Glocks including my G26.

  3. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Barrel length has nothing to do with it. TG is a pistol powder as well as a SG powder and it will work. The lead bullets might give you fits with it. TG is fast burning. Fast burning powders can give leading and poor accuracy with lead bullets when used near the top end of the charge data. If you want light loads to cycle the gun and go "bang", TG will work well. If you want to load more along the lines of factory ammo velocties, you might get leading.

    For ammo with cast bullets that is closer to factory velocity, Unique, or similar medium speed pistol powders work better in nearly every case.

    I would start at the "start" data and only load a few dozen. Shoot them and check your barrel for leading. If you get leading, you can work downward with lead bullets in small increments of say 0.2 grains. Make a few up and see if the leading stops. Don't reduce start loads too much with jacketed bullets because they tend to stick in the barrel if you got too low. Lead bullets are much more forgiving in this respect.

    For an accurate plinker/target round, I load a 125 cast bullet with 3.5 Bullseye, which is similar to TG in burn rate. If I use much more than 3.5, even though published data goes higher, I get leading.
  4. DR.J


    Feb 23, 2009
    Thanks very much for your comments.
  5. man.cave


    Mar 6, 2012
    I second this, I use tite g for 9mm and 380 loads, I got the recipe right now and it hardly leaves a tent on the brass, in other words, burns pretty clean. But I am shooting plated and fmj bullets.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    For lead you are better off looking at wst or red dot. Not that tightgroup wont work it just tends to be smoky with lead.